Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds 

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List Rules Vote up the best shows appropriate for a twelve year old to watch.

Guiding what a 12-year-old watches (or at least trying to) can be complicated. They are right on the cusp of tween and teenager, but that doesn't mean they're ready for the heavy teen stuff. If you’ve been looking for good shows for 12-year-olds, this list of the best television series appropriate for kids who are twelve will help find the right balance of fun to watch, age-appropriate and educational shows for 12-year-olds.

A twelve-year-old kid may be almost a teen but they're still technically a tween and aren't necessarily ready to watch shows for older teens. The best shows for twelve-year-olds to watch offer complex stories that only veer as dark as fits the personality of the kid watching. Shows like Supergirl, Bravest Warriors, and One Day At A Time provide challenging storylines balanced with fun and adventure. There aren't many educational shows for 12-year-olds that aren't just the same science documentaries for adults - but there are great talent based reality shows like Project Runway Jr. and Cosplay Melee that can help spark creativity.

Which television shows are the best for 12-year-old kids to watch? Vote up the best shows for 12-year-olds and add any good TV series for 12-year old kids that are missing, then check out more good shows for tweens.

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Speechless is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Cedric Yarbrough
Speechless (ABC, 2016) is an American sitcom television series created by Scott Silveri. The family of a special-needs teen is good at dealing with the challenges he faces - and excellent at ...more
One Piece is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Mari Yaguchi, Kappei Yamaguchi, Mayumi Tanaka
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series ...more
Ghostwriter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Isaac Arellanes, Amadi Chapata, Hanna Levinson
Ghostwriter (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American children's mystery television series based on the 1997 series of the same name. When a ghost haunts a neighborhood bookstore and starts releasing ...more
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega
Watership Down (Netflix, 2018) is a British-Irish-American animated television miniseries based on the 1972 novel of the same name by Richard Adams and adapted by Tom Bidwell. Fleeing their ...more
Generator Rex is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Generator Rex
Daryl Sabara, Grey Griffin, John DiMaggio
Generator Rex is an American science fiction "nanopunk" action animated television series created by Man of Action Studios for Cartoon Network. John Fang of Cartoon Network Studios ...more
I Am Jazz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
I Am Jazz
Ari Jennings
I Am Jazz (TLC, 2015), announced as All That Jazz, is an American reality television series. The series features Jazz and her family "dealing with typical teen drama through the lens of a ...more
Cheerleader Nation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Cheerleader Nation
Cheerleader Nation is a US television series based on the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School cheerleading team's ups and downs on the way to Nationals, of which they are the three time champions. ...more
Cosplay Melee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Yvette Nicole Brown, LeeAnna Vamp, Christian Beckman
Cosplay Melee (Syfy, 2017) is a reality television show hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown. Each episode, four cosplayers put their skills to the test as they create innovative cosplays, having to ...more
Bravest Warriors is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Liliana Mumy, Alexander Walsh, Ian Jones-Quartey
Bravest Warriors (Cartoon Hangover, 2012) is an animated web series. Set in the year 3085, that follows four teenaged heroes-for-hire as they warp through the universe to save adorable aliens ...more